Comeback Kid. "I feel like it is kind of the first time that my voice, almost meaning my inner voice, has been able to be fully heard," Carey, 35, has said of her 10th studio album, The Emancipation of Mimi.
Second Chance. It's been a hard four years: Carey's debut film, 2001's Glitter, tanked, sending her into a public downard spiral. After a reported breakdown, she was hospitalized for exhaustion and dropped from her label. Her next CD, 2003's Charmbracelet, faltered. Now, with the best-selling CD of 2005 (4.97 million) and the year's No. 1 single, "Don't Forget About Us," her comeback is official. As L.A. Reid, the chairman of her label, Island Def Jam Music Group, tells Us, "Mariah's success is a real testament to her amazing talent. She never lost faith in herself, and her fans were with here every step of the way."
Grammy Odds. Up for eight awards, she'll win Album of the Year, Song of the Year and Record of the Year, says Kyle Fratini of Pinnaclesports.com.